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[Update: Vudu fixed] Nvidia rolls out minor update to fix the Shield's 4K playback issues

Last month, a problem with 4K playback surfaced on Nvidia's Shield TV. The issue affected VUDU and a few other unnamed services, and only occurred when using their native apps but not when casting to the Shield. Nvidia is now rolling out an update that's supposed to fix those problems.

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[Update: Bluetooth certification] NVIDIA might have a second new Shield TV in the works, possibly a dongle or smaller form factor

Rumors of NVIDIA's Shield TV refresh have been making the rounds since March thanks to code hinting at a new controller and remote. Since then, we've seen a unit with the product code "mdarcy" pop up on the Play Developer console, suggesting a minor refresh over the 2017 Shield TV, "darcy," as well as an FCC filing corroborating that. However, new evidence hints that the new FCC submission was actually for a second new Shield TV, codenamed "sif."

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Nvidia acknowledges 4K playback issue on Shield TV with some apps

If you have a Shield TV, you may have noticed that some apps have stopped playing content in 4K. That's annoying, but Nvidia has acknowledged the issue and said it's working on a solution.

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How to fully control YouTube on your TV from your phone, with voice search and queue management

If you have an Android TV (ATV) device, be it a full TV set or a set-top box like the Nvidia Shield TV, you may have noticed one idiosyncrasy in the experience when trying to cast to it from your phone: despite the ATV having a built-in full-fledged YouTube app, casting opens the bare-bones YouTube Chromecast interface. However, there's a little known way to completely control the main app, even if you're not on the same network, with voice search and queue management.

Better yet, this method should work on all TVs that have a YouTube app, not just ATV. That includes the PS4, Xbox One X, Fire TV, and more.

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[Update: Fixed] If you use HDHomeRun's DVR features with your Shield TV, hold off on the Pie update

The Nvidia Shield TV started receiving Android 9.0 Pie yesterday, making it the device's fourth major software update. That being said, you may want to hold off on upgrading if you use your Shield TV as a DVR for HDHomeRun, as it seems to have broken this functionality — though a fix is being worked on.

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The Nvidia Shield TV gets Android 9 Pie, possibly longest-supported Android device ever

Today, Nvidia is releasing what it calls its "SHIELD Software Experience Upgrade 8.0," for the Shield TV. That's an overly complicated way of saying the Shield TV is getting upgraded to Android 9 Pie, and the update is rolling out as we speak. For the record, the Shield TV launched with Android 5.1 and has seen four years of major software updates.

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New Nvidia Shield TV clears FCC, could launch soon with updated hardware

Last month, a new version of the Nvidia Shield TV was spotted in the Play Console device catalog. Aside from running Android 9 Pie straight out of the box, the new revision — codenamed "mdarcy" to the previous iteration's "darcy" — didn't seem drastically different. What seems to be that refreshed version passed the FCC's certification process today.

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New Nvidia Shield TV running Android 9 Pie pops up in Play Console device catalog

A new variant of the Nvidia Shield has popped up on the Google Play Developer console. The new hardware goes by the hardware codename "mdarcy," in contrast to the current model's "darcy," and it will run Android 9 Pie.

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You can enable split-screen multitasking on Nvidia Shield TV using a Bluetooth keyboard

An enterprising GeForce Forums user has stumbled upon a way of enabling split-screen multitasking on everybody's favorite Android TV box, the Nvidia Shield TV. It's not entirely practical, but if you've got a keyboard you can connect to the device, you can run two apps side by side on your television.

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Nvidia Shield TV and SmartThings Link bundle drops to $179 ($41 off)

Sales on the Nvidia Shield TV are relatively rare – as compared to some of our other favorite devices – so this one immediately caught my interest. You can grab the best Android TV box around and get a SmartThings Link for free, basically. You have to buy the Smart Home bundle, obviously.

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